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French developer announces massive green hydrogen project in Germany to feed into H2 pipeline network

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Lhyfe plans to bring its 800MW facility in Lubmin on line by 2029

 

French hydrogen project developer Lhyfe has announced plans to build a 800MW green H2 project in Lubmin, Germany.

 

The developer aims to supply volumes into the country’s national network of hydrogen pipelines, which the federal government announced would cost €19.8bn to build out by 2032.

 

However, the German cabinet is yet to confirm how this network will be funded, and who will bear these costs, particularly given a recent court ruling struck down the transfer of €60bn to its Climate and Transformation Fund (KTF) — which was due to finance a range of clean energy initiatives.

 

The European Commission has also this week published its sixth list of Projects of Common or Mutual Interest, or key cross-border infrastructure including hydrogen pipelines, many crossing into Germany, which are eligible for accelerated permitting and funding via the Connecting Europe Facility.

 

However, although Lhyfe schedules start-up of its 330-tonne-a-day H2 facility by 2029, details on how the project will be put together are murky.

 

The French company will site its electrolysers at the location of a former nuclear power plant, which it notes “benefits from an extra-high voltage grid connection operated by 50Hertz, the transmission system operator, which already operates a transformer station in Lubmin and will feed all the required electricity power [sic] to produce hydrogen”.

 

This would indicate that Lhyfe plans to primarily source the renewable power for electrolysis from the grid and cover it via a power purchase agreement (PPA), rather than directly building new wind or solar capacity to supply the plant.

 

However, the project will start producing hydrogen a year before the EU requires hourly matching of renewable power generation to H2 production for it to count as a renewable fuel of non-biological origin (RFNBO), and will also have to source its electricity from assets commissioned within three years of its own start-up.

 

The Lubmin project would bring Lhyfe’s pipeline of planned electrolysis capacity up to 4GW, although much of this is yet to reach a final investment decision.

 

The developer, which has pioneered offshore green hydrogen production in Europe, this week won a call for proposals at Saint-Nazaire in France to commission a 210MW onshore H2 project by 2028.

 

Lhyfe is also working on a 70MW facility at the city of Perl in Germany, which would feed 30 tonnes of H2 a day into the planned French-German mosaHYc pipeline network, which was listed among the European Commission’s list of PCIs.

 

Source:HydrogenInsight

 

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